Acetaminophen Overdosing Common During Influenza Season


Individuals may use a significant number of OTC products during cold and flu season.

Acetaminophen overuse becomes much more common in the United States during cold and flu season, according to a recently published study.

Research results published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology indicate 6.3% of all acetaminophen users exceeded the maximum recommended daily dose of 4 grams at least once during a week that the drug was administered, with 1.2% of users more than doubling the recommended amount.1

Acetaminophen users were more likely to exceed 4 grams daily during cold and flu season than in the off-season (6.5% vs. 2.8%; OR= 1.24, 1.04-1.48).1

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